Mental Health and Life
Mental Health & Life was set up after our founder Richie Perera visited the doctor with sleep problems. After a series of appointments, he was diagnosed with blended depression and anxiety disorder. The realization that he may have lived with mental illness, fluctuating from mild to severe since his teens and without any help or assist shocked him. In Richie’s own words, his perception of mental illness was “for weak people”, and he considered himself a “powerful person”, he always felt exempt from having such a thing as a mental illness. As with Richie and most people in their 40s, he grew up in a generation where “sort yourself out “pull yourself together” “have you lost the plot” and “man up” were the terms generally used when addressing mental health. It was not spoken of much at school, college, socially, or in places of work. Richie spent his life oblivious to his condition and after looking into Mental Health in more detail, Richie took his first mental health first aider course with MHFA England. He then qualified as a NUCO and MHFA England Mental Health instructor and founded Mental Health & Life!
Our vision is to spread Mental Health Awareness for all by providing Mental Health First Aid training courses that permit learners to affect the people around them in a positive way. Our vision is to engage our learners into being more proactive in spreading the message on Mental Health First Aid and to enlighten the general public that it is OK to talk about Mental Health openly and without fear.